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iphonechica Aug 7, 2012 06:47 AM

Looking for a fantastic breakfast/brunch option somewhere between Hopkins & Bloomington. From scanning the boards, so far my short list includes:

Cafe Maude
Blackbird
Maria's Cafe

We are coming in from Chicago, so if you could only choose one, which would it be? My husband likes huevos rancheros. I like Eggs Benedict or a classic breakfast...but also like to try new things. I love Maria's corn cakes, since I've had them before, leaning toward trying a new place.

Also, open to other suggestions. We are meeting a friend. None of us have lived in Twin Cities for years, so pretty clueless about what's good to try.

Thanks for your help.

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    KTFoley Aug 7, 2012 07:33 AM

    Maria's is not really in the geography you specified.

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      shoo bee doo Aug 7, 2012 08:43 AM

      One of my favorites at Blackbird is the chorizo/cheddar frittata. They list some nice ingredients from which you can choose to put into a frittata. They do a beautiful job. Plus I love their tea presentation.

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        semanticantics Aug 7, 2012 09:44 AM

        I'll second Blackbird. Really nice brunch food. I haven't been in forever, but Victor's 1959 is really good too.

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        magz0r Aug 7, 2012 08:52 AM

        If you don't mind a trip into Uptown (LynLake specifically), the Bryant Lake Bowl has what I consider a solid breakfast lineup. Good bloodies to boot!

        http://bryantlakebowl.com/sites/defau...

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          shadowfax Aug 8, 2012 11:47 AM

          Seconded on the bloody marys. Very good.

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          sandylc Aug 7, 2012 06:32 PM

          Haven't been to Maude.
          Love Blackbird.
          Skip Maria's - something not good has happened to this favorite

          You could try:

          Wise Acre Eatery
          Lucia's

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            bob s Aug 7, 2012 11:07 PM

            I'm curious - have you been to Maria's since this post sandy? http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3587...

            I understand that you had a bad experience but it doesn't match what I see when I go there.

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              MSPD Aug 8, 2012 06:35 AM

              I agree bob. Been going there for years and it hasn't changed a bit in my experience.

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                sandylc Aug 8, 2012 09:13 AM

                No, bob, I haven't. Too many other great places to try or go back to!

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                  bob s Aug 8, 2012 01:54 PM

                  I totally understand that. I was just wondering if you'd had further bad experiences that reinforced the one that you'd had since you had specifically called it out again.

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                  ChillyDog Aug 8, 2012 11:38 AM

                  I concur. I've never had anything other than excellent food and service at Maria's.

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                foodiejoe Aug 7, 2012 08:18 PM

                The Grand Cafe has a lovely brunch. Pulled pork shoulder and black bean huevos ranchero as well as 2 styles of eggs Benedict . Down the street is Victor's Cuban cafe and they have a wonderful variety of pancakes. Both are highly recommended.

                1. Jordan Aug 8, 2012 07:35 AM

                  I've had a good brunch experience at Cafe Maude. It's a small place and is sometimes closed for private parties, so make a reservation. The menu is small and doesn't feature typical breakfast "classics," but it's quite tasty.

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                    meljohns Aug 8, 2012 11:37 AM

                    I love Blackbird. They have a great brunch menu with a good selection of choices which would be perfect for you and your husband. Plus they have sandwiches in case you aren't in the mood for "breakfast," which I really appreciate.
                    I like Grand Cafe also (the atmosphere is great); but they have a smaller menu and smaller portions, depending on what you order.
                    If you're over in that neighborhood you should stop at Patisserie 46 for some treats.

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                      iphonechica Aug 8, 2012 11:52 AM

                      Thanks for everyone's response. I think we're going to try Blackbird! I'm very excited.

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                        semanticantics Aug 8, 2012 02:08 PM

                        Also, Pizza Luce has an underrated brunch. It's only at a couple of them, but can be worth the trip.

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                          iphonechica Aug 13, 2012 02:34 PM

                          To report back:

                          We had a successful brunch at Blackbird. I ordered the Oxtail Hash. I thought this dish was delicious, but wished there was a bit more oxtail. It was pretty heavy on the root veg. My husband ordered Classic Eggs, which was good...but nothing special to report. My friend ordered French Toast which was also delicious. Coffee was good. The service was stellar. We were there for over 3 hours and did not feel rushed. The server was attentive.

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